Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 CNM Catalog, Volume 56 
2024-2025 CNM Catalog, Volume 56

Cardiovascular Sonography, Associate of Applied Science

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School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)

The goal of the CNM Cardiovascular Sonography program is to prepare competent entry-level sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for the following concentrations it offers: Adult Cardiac Sonography and Vascular Sonography. A sonographer is a health care professional who uses high-frequency sound waves as a diagnostic tool to view the human body in order to aid the physician in the determination of a diagnosis. Students study the use of sound waves to generate images of various parts of the human body. The successful graduate will have the ability to conceptualize in 3-dimensional form. The program provides classroom didactic instruction, hands-on scanning, laboratory instruction and clinical experiences in a variety of medical facilities and outpatient diagnostic centers. Students are prepared to sit for the national board exams administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the specialty areas of “Adult Echocardiography” and “Vascular Technology”. Successful completion of these exams results in attaining the RDCS (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer) and RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist) credentials, respectively. 

The DMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Ensuring Quality Sonography Education That Serves the Public
6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043
443-973-3251  phone | 866-738-3444  fax
jrcdms.org web

Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is an: Associate of Applied Science
  • This educational option can be completed: Full-time
  • This educational option is design for: qualifies students interested in pursuing a career in sonography
  • This educational option can be started: Fall
  • Primary course location: South Valley

Special Requirements

Program Entry Registration Screening

This is a “Coordinated Program Entry” program; students must complete a pre-registration screening process administered through the Coordinated Program Entry Office before being eligible to register for program courses.

Physical Requirements

Students must be in good physical and psychological health. Students may be asked to provide documentation of a recent physical examination. Many health programs require the student to be able to safely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations are made for students with disabilities. However, some disabilities may prohibit students from completing program specific competencies or gaining employment. Students with disabilities that may interfere with completing program competencies are advised to contact the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS) Office for more information.

Criminal Background

Most of the health programs in HWPS require students undergo the New Mexico Department of Health caregiver’s criminal history screening program. This involves state and federal felony criminal background checks with fingerprints. This must be completed prior to starting their program or prior to beginning their clinical experiences. Students with a disqualifying conviction can appeal some of those convictions through the New Mexico Department of Health. Depending on the program, students may or may not be allowed to remain in the program pending appeal. Students who do not successfully appeal a disqualifying conviction will not be allowed to start or remain in the program. A successful appeal does not guarantee eligibility for licensure after graduation in professions that require licensure. 

Felony Conviction

Students will be asked to declare any felony convictions which may impact clinical placement while in the program. Each case will need to be reviewed by program officials and CNM administration  


Students will need to be able to travel to clinical assignments within the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho/Santa Fe metro areas and to classes/labs at the CNM South Valley Campus.

Additional Requirements

Conditions for qualified entry will match those of the DMS program: HESI or TEAS test, 3.0 GPA, successful completion of the pre-requisite courses.

Cost and Financial Aid

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Additional Supplies

Through student fees each student will be provided with an iPad and case with keyboard, Apple pencil with cover, scrubs and patches, subscription to ASE Curriculum resource, Complete Anatomy and Typhon clinical tracking resources.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares students to work in the medical field as adult echocardiographers and vascular technologists.

There is currently a nationwide demand for registered sonographers. Graduates will be employed as sonographers in hospitals, physician’s offices and private sonography practices.

Gainful Employment information is available from Job Connection Services.


Term 4 - Typically offered summer term only

Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 64

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